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Ladies' 1s draw with Stourport

28 February 2015, 12:00, Banbury Road North (Near)

Ladies' 1s 2 - 2 Stourport Ladies 1s

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Stourport were the visitors to Banbury Road North and came away with a point after a game of two halves. The first half belonged to Hawks, who played some lovely passing hockey for long periods, and they were rewarded with two goals. The first came from a simple passing move out the back, with Ruth Tressider finding Lucy Millington in midfield. She played the ball upfield to Jo Tolson who posted well and laid off to Takara Haines who drove into the area and struck the ball to the far post where Katie Hewitt was waiting with the deflection. The second came from a penalty corner, with the first attempt on goal from Bex Oakes hitting the post, but Millington was on hand to pick up the rebound. Moments from half time the home side lost skipper Oakes with a suspected broken finger whilst defending a penalty corner.

Hawks reshaped for the second half and came out again strong, but soon the play shifted to Stourport as they earned a series of penalty corners. From one of these they managed to pull a goal back with a drag flick, and moments later they levelled from open play. Stourport continued to hassle well, and as a result Hawks struggled at times to hold possession. Linda Billington in the Hawks goal was called into action a number of times, and player of the game Caro Harris cleared twice off the line as the home side defended well to keep the scores level at the final whistle.

Thanks to Clive Jones for the photos.
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